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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Stamford Lord Davies of Stamford Labour 4:15 pm, 4th February 2019

I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. As he rightly says, free ports are distortionary by definition. If you create a free port close to another port, one will survive and the other will probably disappear altogether. Does he think his Government would be tempted by the thought that they could say, “If we have a local MP who votes for us and supports this Government, we will make the port free; but if we have an MP who dares to vote against us, we will make the port unfree and ruin it”?